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Lindemans Coonawarra

www.lindemans.com

Coonawarra Wine Gallery, Riddoch Higway, 5263

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph (Coonawarra): (08) 8737 2613

 

Lindemans was established back in 1908, but like Penfolds, the brand has been swallowed by Southcorp which itself has been swallowed by Fosters.

Lindemans Coonawara operation has become more important in Fosters portfolio because of the trend in export markets towards regional labelling. Brett Sharpe is the winemaker.

The standard of the flagship St. George, Pyrus and Limestone Ridge wines has been inconsistent but are starting to improve with the recent renovation of the Coonawarra vineyard operations.

I must confess that I don't really get what all the fuss over these premium wines. They seem to pick up the Limestone Coast red wine trophies every second year but to me they are an exercise in wine-making technique over balance and judgement. There's a single minded focus on texture that often ends up coming across as rather stale and overworked fruit. I seem to be a minority on this one. The 2009 vintage releases, however, are showing more of the life and drive I am looking for from premium Coonawarra reds.

The new cellar door, known as the Coonawarra Wine Gallery, is the tasting centre for the other substantial Fosters brands with vineyards in the Coonawarra and associated Limestone Coast Zone (Jamieson's Run, Mildara, Penfolds, Rosemount, Rouge Homme and Robertson's Well)

 

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Latest Reviews

Lindemanís St. George Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2030+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, aromatic cassis, redcurrant and mulberry with herbal, violet and menthol notes, dusty and medium bodied palate has good length and is tightly wound, streak of graphite minerality with firm powdery tannins and cedar/chocolate oak support, long cellaring style (****1/2)

Lindemanís Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet 2014

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2030+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, †perfumed and essency blackberry, dark plum †and mulberry with anise, white pepper and mint notes, long and earthy palate with capsicum undertones, the tannins are firm and supported by the mocha/vanilla/cedar oak (****1/2)

Lindemanís Pyrus Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 2014

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2028+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, supple redcurrant, mulberry and cassis with menthol and violet notes, earthy with savoury capsicum undertones, medium bodied with fine dusty tannins providing a firm spine, cedar/vanilla oak †support (****)

Lindeman's St. George Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2028+

(GXY) Tasting: †Dec 2015, †perfumed and tightly packed core of cassis, mulberry and blueberry with menthol, white pepper and violet notes, some herbal meat †and graphite mineral aspects as well, good spine of dusty tannins and cedary oak support, needs time to unfold (****1/2)

Lindeman's Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet 2013

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: †2026+

(GXY) Tasting: †Dec 2015, †similar to the 2012 which was a similar mild vintage in the Coonawarra this has bit more sumptuous oomph than the previous drought vintages, blackberry essence, plum and mulberry with pepper and anise notes, glycerolly medium-full bodied palate opens up to some gamy complexity and spicy mocha/vanilla oak, fractionally short for higher score (****)

Lindeman's Pyrus Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 2013

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: †2026+

(GXY) Tasting: †Dec 2015, supple and medium bodied core of mulberry, redcurrant and plums with menthol and bay leaf notes, earthy and savoury with a spine of dusty tannins, cedary vanilla oak is balanced and this shows better persistence than the 2012 release (****)

Lindemanís St. George Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2024+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, for me this is the strongest of the trio, tightly wound blueberry, mulberry and cassis with violet florals and a sprinkling of herbs, palate has good line and length with black olive, bay leaf and graphite notes and cedar/vanilla oak, dusty tannins (****1/2)

Lindemanís Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, is a bit more juicy and sumptuous than usual, essency blackberry pastille and mulberry with mint, violet and anise notes, glycerolly medium bodied palate has some minerality and has a respectable line, ample mocha/caramel/vanilla from the US and French oak, the powdery tannins are ripe (****)

Lindemanís Pyrus Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 2012

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, dusty Bordeaux-style blend, aromatic redcurrant, plum and blackcurrant with sage, bay leaf and menthol notes, savoury medium bodied palate with cedary vanilla oak, finishes short (***1/2)

Lindemanís St. George Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, perfumed and tightly packed medium-full bodied core of cassis and blueberry with violet, seaweed, cola and bay leaf nuances, persistent chassis of mouth-filling dusty tannins and toasty/spicy cedar-vanilla oak, very good length (****1/2)

Lindemanís Pyrus Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Merlot 2010

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, supple †redcurrant and blackberry with mint, dried herb and white pepper notes, fleshy mid-palate, medium-full bodied with creamy chocolate-cedar-vanilla oak, fine and savoury tannins, palate seems a touch forward (***1/2)

Lindemanís Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, smooth and glycerolly blackberry and dark plum with fruitcake and violet notes, not particularly complex but has some meaty nuances nuance, medium †bodied with powdery tannins, overt mocha- caramel/chocolate oak with some minerals on the finish (***1/2)

Lindemanís St. George Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, finally a release that does justice to this wineís distinguished pedigree, slightly tarry and tightly packed cassis and blueberry with olive, seaweed and bay leaf nuances, slinky sinewy savoury tannins and toasty/spicy cedar-vanilla oak, very good length, has life and drive missing from some recent releases (****1/2)

Lindemanís Pyrus Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Merlot 2009

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, brambly and spicy redcurrant and blackberry with leather, mint and white pepper notes, fleshy mid-palate, earthy and medium-full bodied with creamy chocolate-cedar-vanilla oak, long and pliant savoury tannins (****)

Lindemanís Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, glycerolly blackberry and black cherry with fruitcake and violet notes, fairly austere and tightly packed but has some meaty and spice nuance, earthy an medium-full bodied with a long chassis of powdery tannins, overt mocha-caramel oak with some briny minerals on the finish (****)

Lindemans St. George Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, I continue to be amazed at the gap between the high scores this once iconic wine gets every vintage from a range of wine writers and the dull, medium bodied stuff thatís in my glass, blackcurrant and blueberry with a light dusting of French oak spice, sweet chocolate and some sinewy tannins, pulls up short, nothing unpleasant, its just that there are now a lot more interesting and better balanced Cabernets in Australia (***)

Lindemans Pyrus 2006

Purchased: Not $55)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, demure and minty raspberry, mulberry and plum with cinnamon and white pepper notes although the overall impression is savoury rather than spicy, as usual it is heavily textured with powdery tannins, creamy chocolate-vanilla oak, there is perhaps a bit more authentic varietal expression than the last couple of vintages (***1/2)

Lindemans Limestone Ridge 2006

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, this is a Shiraz Cabernet blend, a core of blackberry and dark plum fruit, rather glycerolly with a bed of chalky tannins, smooth coffee-creamy oak, as is typical of recent vintages the fruit lacks the brightness and depth for this heavily worked style but is not as stale as the 2005 vintage (***1/2)

Lindemans St.George Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, broad and light-medium bodied blackcurrant and black cherry with menthol and violet notes, a light dusting of spice, creamy cedar-vanilla-chocolate oak, the palate is infused with chalky tannins but lacks the depth and focus to go the next level (***1/2)

Lindemans Pyrus 2005

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, Gold Medal at Limestone Coast Wine Show 2007, blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, austere but heavily textured style, medium bodied blackberry and stewed plum and a touch of raspberry, amply spiced cinnamon and pepper, creamy vanilla, dark chocolate and sawdust oak, powdery tannins, I don’t really get all the praise heaped on this on this wine judging circuit over the years (***1/2)

Lindemans Limestone Ridge 2005

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, a rather heavily over-worked Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon blend around an austere core of blackberry and dark plum, fruit is fairly submerged under the glycerol and creamy cedar oak with a touch of coffee on the finish, silky tannins (***)

Lindemans St. George Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, Silver Medal at Limestone Coast Wine Show 2007, textured rather than varietal style, light-medium bodied blackcurrant and menthol, smooth and creamy palate with fruit that already seems to be tiring and lacking depth, minerally finish with powdery tannins (***)

Lindemans Pyrus 2001

Purchased: Not ($53)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, austere but heavily textured blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, light-medium bodied black berry and plum with some red cherry nuances, delicate earthy texture to the savoury palate, sweet vanilla-cedar oak (***1/2)

Lindemans Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet 2004

Purchased: Not ($53)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, light-medium bodied with tightly knit blackberry, mulberry and plum, light pepper, cedar-chocolate oak with smoky and pencil shavings oak nuances, fairly closed and austere, fine grained savoury tannins (***1/2)